White House increasingly facing questions about Trump’s past

WASHINGTON — Haunted by Russia and beset by internal strife, Donald Trump’s White House is also increasingly being forced to confront allegations from the president’s past, as an adult film star, a former Playboy model and a onetime “Apprentice” contestant press court cases.

Family of Austin bombing suspect expresses shock

AUSTIN, Texas — The family of the man suspected of planting the bombs this month that killed two people and injured four others in the Texas capital expressed shock, saying they don’t know what could have motivated him.

Trump swings behind massive budget; big military increase

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders all but finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to addresses gun violence.

First lady vows to fight cyberbullying despite critics

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump pushed back against critics Tuesday, declaring her commitment to combating cyberbullying despite the hits she has endured for taking on the issue while her husband routinely goes on Twitter to berate foes and call them names.

New blast sends bombing investigators to Texas FedEx center

AUSTIN, Texas — Investigators pursuing a suspected serial bomber in the Texas capital shifted their attention Tuesday to a FedEx shipping center near San Antonio where a package exploded on a conveyor belt in the middle of the night and caused minor injuries to a worker.

Northeast braces for wintry wallop on 1st day of spring

PHILADELPHIA — Spring? What’s that? Yet another powerful storm bore down on the Northeast on Tuesday, with wind-whipped snow falling in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as people grumbled and complained about a first day of spring that looked an awful lot like the last weeks of winter.

Teen shoots girl in Maryland school, killed in confrontation

GREAT MILLS, Md. — A teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded a girl inside a Maryland school on Tuesday and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot.